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Ministry Announce European and U.S. Tour Dates

Ministry Announce European and U.S. Tour Dates

Industrial metal legends Ministry, who are releasing a new single on iTunes titled "Double Tap" on February 24, are beginning to tour in support of their comeback album, Relapse, on a trek they're calling DeFibRilLaTouR. In addition to playing the Wacken Festival in Germany and the Brutal Assault Festival in the Czech Republic, they will be playing in Russia for the first time in their three-decade career. Upon returning to the U.S., they will play dates in Denver, L.A., New York, and Chicago. The full itinerary is below.

Ministry’s touring lineup includes frontman Al Jourgensen, guitarist Mike Scaccia (Ministry/Rigor Mortis), bassist Casey Orr (Rigor Mortis), keyboardist John Bechdel (Ministry/Killing Joke/Fear Factory), drummer AAron Rossi (Ministry/RevCo), and guitarist Sin Quirin (Ministry/RevCo). Soulfly Bassist Tony Campos not performing due to scheduling conflicts.

Also, it turns out Jourgensen's connection with the band Rigor Mortis doesn't stop with Ministry. "I had such a blast with Mike Scaccia and Casey Orr writing Relapse that I decided I just can’t get enough of those guys, so they are here now at 13th Planet Studios and we’ve started recording the new Rigor Mortis record," frontman Al Jourgensen said in a statement. "I’ll be producing, singing, maybe some guitars. Then we start Ministry rehearsals in May for the DeFiBriLaTouR. What can I say? The Boys Are Back in Town."

MINISTRY 2012 DeFibRilLaTouR Europe

July 01 - Helsinki, Finland - Tuska Open Air Festival
July 04 - Oslo Norway - Rockefeller
July 06 - Gavle, Sweden - Getaway Rock Festival
July 07 - Denmark - TBA
July 08 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks
July 10 - Leipzig, Germany - Werk 2
July 12 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13
July 13 - Belgium - Dour Festival
July 16 - Bristol, UK - Academy
July 17 - Belfast, IRE - Mandella Hall
July 18 - Dublin, IRE - Vicar Street
July 20 - London, UK - The Forum
July 21 - Manchester, UK - Academy
July 24 - Madrid, Spain - Riviera
July 25 - Bilbao, Spain - Rockstar
July 27 - Selstat, France - L’Art Scenique Festival
July 28 - Paris, France - La Cigale
July 29 - Etaple, France - Rock en Stock Festival
July 31 - Luzern / Switzerland Konzerthaus Schurr
August 02 - Poland - Woodstock Open Air Festival
August 04 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air Festival
August 06 - Munich, Germany - Backstagewerk
August 08 - Budapest, Hungary - Szget Festival
August 09 - Czech Republic - Brutal Assault Festival
August 11 - Moscow / RUSSIA - Moscow Arena
August 12 - St. Petersburg - Glav Club
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June 17 - Denver, CO - Ogden
June 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
June 23 - NYC, NY - Best Buy Nokia
June 28 - Chicago - The Vic
June 29 - Chicago - The Vic

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Ministry’s Touring Line-Up includes Al Jourgensen (Frontman/vox/guitars), Mike Scaccia (Ministry/Rigor Mortis) guitars, Casey Orr (Rigor Mortis) bass, John Bechdel (Ministry/Killing Joke/Fear Factory) keyboards, AAron Rossi (Ministry/RevCo) drums and Sin Quirin (Ministry/RevCo) guitars. Soulfly Bassist Tony Campos not performing due to scheduling conflicts.

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